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Create Your Own Open Textbook in 4 Steps

(Adapted from the Ryerson Open Textbook Authoring Guide CC-BY).

As an instructor, you may have reviewed all the existing OER and open textbooks and not been able to find one that meets your needs. If you are committed to using open textbooks in your teaching, the next step may be to create your own open textbook.

Before you get started, you may be interested in reading this essay by Tony Bates, Writing an online, open textbook: Is it worth it?

Your 4 Step Plan

Once you’ve decided to create your own textbook, you may want to develop a workflow for how you’ll approach the project.

For example:

This workflow has been adapted from Ryerson University's Open Textbook Authoring Guide. 


Creative Commons License

This guide has been created by the Queen's University Library and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 Unported license unless otherwise marked.  Sections of this guide have been adapted from the Open Access Educational Resources Guide at Ryerson University and the eCampus Ontario Open Library.